Compensation and Benefits Survey

The 2016 Behavioral Health Compensation & Benefits Reports of the Great Lakes Region contains a broad range of salary and benefits data broken down according to:

  • type of organization (e.g. mental health, addictions)
  • location (e.g. urban, suburban, rural
  • organization size (i.e. annual budget)

The regional database summarizes pay and benefit data from a broad range of organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.


The standard survey report provides salary range and current pay data for more than 80 positions representing a full top to bottom hierarchy … from chief executive officers, clinical managers and department heads to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, paraprofessionals) and administrative support personnel (e.g., secretary, data entry, medical records, etc.).

And there's also an additional report that focuses exclusively on compensation and benefits for chief executive officers.

Based upon what we've learned from others about our reports, I'm confident it contains the reference information you need to help guide your compensation and human resource decisions. As mentioned, two separate reports are now available.

Salary Matters Behavioral Health Survey (SMBHS)

The biennial survey gathers salary and benefit information for over 80 positions from Chief Executive to Secretary and Billing Technician. The survey also covers insurance benefits, retirement benefits, paid time off, staff turnover, and more. Results are displayed by type of provider location of organization, and budget size of organization.

Chief Executive Compensation & Benefit Survey (CEOCBS)

This survey of Chief Executive Officers provides details on the benefits and compensation offered including annual salary, bonus or incentive pay, paid time off and other key perquisites. Survey results are reported by location of organization and size of annual budget.

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Q. How many organizations are included in the salary and benefit database?

The database consists of salary and benefit survey data contributed by a broad range of behavioral health providers in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

Q. How is the final report structured? What areas does it cover?

The Salary & Benefit Survey Report is divided into the following six sections.

  • Introduction
  • Respondent Profile
  • Staffing Retention/Employee Turnover
  • Salary Administration Programs and Practices
  • Compensation of Line Personnel
  • Compensation of Executive and Management Personnel

Q. What's included in "Salary Administration Programs and Practices?

This section of the report covers such areas as:

  • salary increase programs
  • insurance benefits
  • paid time off
  • retirement benefits
  • employee turnover
  • compensation of selected part-time personnel

Q. How are the survey data displayed in the final report?

Survey results are displayed four ways. First, the composite measures of all survey participants is presented. Second, data are displayed according to Type of Provider (e.g., Mental Health, Addictions). Then the data are displayed by Location of Organization (i.e., Urban, Rural). Finally, the results are reported by Size of Organization (i.e., Annual Operating Budget". Customized reports can also be obtained.

Q. What type of behavioral healthcare jobs are included in the salary survey report?

More than 80 line, middle-management and executive-level management positions are represented in the salary survey report. Line positions include administrative support jobs (e.g., secretary, accounting technicians, data entry technicians) as well as a full range of clinical service providers (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses).

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